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First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time

First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time

There's one thing I've been saying in a lot of different articles over the past few days, and it remained true today: the Pirates have a lot of players who are getting hot at the right time.

The playoffs are set up in a way where, once you're in, you can win it all. Anyone can win a one game Wild Card matchup. Anyone can win a best of five or a best of seven series. It's not as much about talent in these cases. Instead, it's about which team gets hot at the right time.

The Pirates have had a streaky offense all year. Their pitching staff has been consistent, and the main inconsistency on that front has been injuries. Lately they are seeing several members of the offense heating up, while watching the pitching staff fine tuning a few things along the way. Here are the recent trends from some of those players.

Starling Marte - Starting with his home run earlier in the week, Marte has a .357/.438/.643 line in 16 PA. That doesn't include going 1-for-5 today.

Neil Walker is one ...

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